New Circle Time Content
These we sing and recite daily.
How does the knowledge of God’s creation and providence help us?
We can be patient when things go against us, thankful when things go well, and for the future we can have good confidence in our faithful God and Father that nothing will separate us from His love. All creatures are so completely in His hand that without His will they can neither move nor be moved.
We do 2 per day, alternating even and odd days.
- Proverbs 10:9: Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but he who makes his ways crooked will be found out.
- Proverbs 11:17: A man who is kind benefits himself, but a cruel man hurts himself.
- Proverbs 12:16: The vexation of a fool is known at once, but the prudent ignores an insult.
- Proverbs 15:1: A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.
This term we are responding with the The Nicene Creed when asked, “Christian, what do you believe?”
For this year’s new mottos, I adapted some of the Harris’ 21 Rules of This House (my family had the original coloring-page materials when it was new in the ’90s).
We do two mottos on Tuesday and two on Wednesday.
- Leave it better than you found it. (review)
- We do not create unnecessary work for others. (new)
- Soldier Stance – “Look sharp!” (review)
- Stand up straight.
- Shoulders back.
- Hands at sides.
- Ready eyes.
- Quick response.
- We keep our word. (new)
These are daily, although they are what we skip if we are pressed for time.
- Hans: Children’s Song by Rudyard Kipling
- Jaeger: Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost
- Ilse: Purple Cow by Gelett Burgess
- Myself: An Apology by Anne Bradstreet
Teach us to bear the yoke in youth,
With steadfastness and careful truth;
That, in our time, Thy Grace may give
The Truth whereby the Nations live.
Our Circle Time binders have more review material in them in the day-of-the-week and even/odd tabs, but this is the new stuff. I’ve gathered all the materials that have been in our binders on a Memory Work Resources page.
In addition to this new content, we are also reviewing the following hymns:
- Holy, Holy, Holy & The God of Abraham Praise & God the Lord is Known in Judah on Monday
- A Mighty Fortress is Our God & Rejoice, the Lord is King on Tuesday
- Praise to the Lord, the Almighty & Hallelujah, Praise Jehovah on Wednesday
- Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing & Not What My Hands Have Done on Thursday
- For All the Saints & The Church’s One Foundation & Lord, Our Lord Thy Glorious Name on Friday
And these passages
- Psalm 19 & John 1:1-5, 9-14 on Monday
- Psalm 25 & John 3:14-18 & 1 Corinthians 10:12-13 on Tuesday
- Ephesians 6:1-3 & Psalm 115 on Wednesday
- Psalm 42 & Hebrews 11:1-16 on Thursday
- Colossians 1:9-23 & Psalm 139 on Friday
- John 3:14-18on odd days
- Romans 10:9-11 on even days
Circle time takes 45-60 minutes, with alternating singing and reciting (everyone has their own binder, so the readers are following along either in unison or alternate sentences or paragraphs). The 3-year-old sometimes pages through a picture book, sometimes sits on my lap, sometimes plays with trucks or duplos nearby, and oftentimes does all three over the course of the hour. But he loves to sit in my lap for the singing. The 5-year-old has her own memory work she repeats after me sprinkled throughout, but when it’s not her turn and when we aren’t singing, she sometimes colors, wanders to get a drink of water, or plays with a doll at the table. The baby is either in my lap or eating frozen blueberries in her chair. It is the older boys and myself who maintain the momentum, while the younger ones are absorbing most of it, but physically wander sometimes, and I don’t mind as long as they aren’t disruptive (when they are, they have to go to their room and miss the singing).